TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb 20, 2013) - Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women National Committee Canada, will give a keynote address to advocates and professionals from a wide range of gender, health, education and social development disciplines from across the Caribbean and around the world at the Conference on Domestic Violence and Gender Equality: Protecting Women and Girls to be held March 25-27, 2013 in Tobago.
Jiwani will challenge conference participants through her speech on the topic of More Than Just Words: Speaking up and Speaking out about Domestic and Gender Based Violence to Transform Laws, Policies and Actions. Participants will also strategize on how to improve safety and change gender norms related to domestic violence and how this will impact their work in terms of practice, research and policy.
"Domestic violence is a devastating offense, a form of violence against women and an infringement of women''s fundamental human rights. However, domestic violence remains a vastly underreported crime and it is through conferences like this one that we can bring so many activists from around the world together to share ideas and raise awareness of the destructive affect that violence has on women and what can be done to protect women from domestic violence," says Almas Jiwani. "By speaking out against domestic and gender based violence, it is my hope to transform laws, policies and actions in addition to building strategic alliances across the region and internationally that lead to better identification, intervention and treatment for victims and offenders," she adds.
The Caribbean Conference on Domestic Violence and Gender Equality, organized by the Global Center for Behavioural Health (GCBH) is honoured to have Ms. Almas Jiwani as a keynote speaker.
"Almas Jiwani is a trailblazer for empowerment of women and for gender equality. Her passion and commitment to the fight is purposeful and contagious. Ms. Jiwani is an example of the limitless possibilities and opportunities can exist for women when barriers are removed. In her capacity she has raised the profile of underprivileged and economically insecure women in poor communities globally. Ms. Jiwani understands the dynamic of the intersection between HIV/AIDS and intimate partner violence. Under her leadership and governance the lives of women and girls have been improved," stated Donna Baird, President of the Global Center for Behavioural Health (Organizing Secretariat).
Jiwani will give the morning keynote on Wednesday March 27th at the Magdalena Grand Hotel in Tobago.
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More about the Caribbean Conference on Domestic Violence and Gender Equality
The Global Center for Behavioural Health (GCBH) is a network of international professionals who partner with the global community to promote quality and equity in healthcare and health education worldwide through bilateral exchange of information and resources. The inaugural Caribbean Conference on Domestic Violence and Gender Equality: Protecting Women and Girls, will take place in Trinidad & Tobago to engage advocates and professionals from domestic violence, health care and social service and policy makers in critical dialogues that will enable them to use in-depth information to impact their work in terms of practice, research and policy. For more information about the 2013 Caribbean Conference on Domestic Violence, visit http://www.cdvge2013.org/index.php.